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What's it like to live in Ely?

What are the local amenities like? What are the pros and cons of living here?

Asked on Jun 11 2008, General in Ely | Report content

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  • We just spent 18 months choosing a house having sold in Cambridge and we've settled on Ely and are just moving in now. Ely is a beautiful city, the people are lovely, the amenities are adequate for most needs but Cambridge is only 15 minutes by train and London is only 75 minutes by train. The road access is also superb. King School Ely is also very well reputed and is actually the main reason we moved here.

    Answered on Mar 27 2010, Report content
  • We lived in Ely for 3 years and then a nearby village for 2 years. We found Ely to be a charming little place and we got to know it very well but found the amenities to be totally inadequate. The town centre has very little to offer, especially for menswear, but Waitrose is it's saving grace. The riverside is lovely but there are very few restaurants worth bothering with. There is a sports centre but it's not great although there's a fairly good golf club. Most of the art galleries have closed down too. The secondary schooling provision in the city is not great either and is the main reason we moved away. We always felt like we were just a bit too far from Cambridge. Having said that, I've been back a couple of times and feel quite fond of the place. It's certainly not a terrible place to live so long as you don't expect too much of it.

    Answered on Jun 21 2010, Report content
  • We moved to a village called Littleport, which is approx. 5-6 minutes from Ely. There is a mainline railway station direct to Kings Lynn, Ely, Cambridge and Kings Cross London. There is everything anyone could possibly need in the village, 1 supermarket (soon to be 2), bank, library, post office, hairdressers (numerous), bank, and 2 primary schools. There is a Bar Reasturant opening on the river with decking out on to the river,which is about 5-6 hundred yards from our home on a small select estate named Fishers Bank, Secondary schools are in Ely and transport is provided for students from Littleport. For some reason estate agents in Ely only seem to want to sell property in Ely, and don't credit the villages surrounding. This seems a shame to me as we are so close to Ely. Most of the estates in Ely have no shops on the doorstep and have to drive into the city, which by the way is hardly any bigger than a small town so if you like Marks & Spencer or Debenhams you have to do a 30 minute drive down the A10 depending on traffic. Personally we prefer to go to Kings Lynn, which is all pedestrianised and lots of shops. The only reason I can think of why agents push Ely instead of surrounding villages is that their commission is higher as the prices on average are £50,000 to £60,000 more expensive than in our village. YES I DID SAY £50,000 TO £60,000

    Answered on Jul 15 2010, Report content
  • Hi, We would suggest that you get in touch with local estate agents in order to get some background about the area. You can search for agents using the ‘find agents’ tab on the top of the Zoopla Page. We hope this helps.

    Answered on Oct 4 2013, Report content

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